Sorry for the over-used cliche, but it fits. We’re about 2 weeks into the New Year and whatever goal or resolution set for the year is likely to be hitting the pinch point about now. That is, assuming that the challenges haven’t already been tossed aside.
If you’re 2016 challenge is to lose weight and get in shape, it’s about now that the novelty of the new gym membership has worn off. Temptations of warm comforting carbs are beckoning you to pass by the veggie bin for a nice gooey cinnamon bun.
Ever take a long road trip with the family? Kind of like the old “Vacation” movies, everyone piles into the car, eyes wide with excitement, hopes high with anticipation of a great experience. Then, along the way it’s not so fun. It’s cramped and uncomfortable. It’s either too hot or too cold. It’s exhausting. However, looking back, those trips are some of the most memorable. Why? Because of the journey.
“Where the Rubber Hits the Road” is an old idiom that refers to a point in the process where problems begin to surface or when reality sets in. It can also be used to describe the point where we are tested — and we have to prove to ourselves. If not to the world, at least to our own doubtful thinking, just how much we want whatever our goal is.
I had such a moment today. Looking back at it now several hours later it doesn’t seem like all that much. But, for me, today it was. My Thursday Throwdown found me at lunchtime today. I was at a business meeting where box lunches were served. In each box was a big yummy thick gooey chocolate chunk cookie. So hard to resist. You see, I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t love.
But resist I did! Hours later, I don’t feel deprived, I feel vindicated! I actually feel lighter and thinner (yes, I know that’s not possible).
Now that the cookie came home with me and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by a member of my family who’s not on this particular road trip with me. And, I can move on knowing that I met, and surpassed, a pretty monumental challenge today.
Whatever your long-term goal is, stay in the game. It’s about that time, 2-ish weeks into the New Year, where the rubber is going to meet the road and you are going to have to show up and prove you have what it takes to go the distance. Do you?